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Dear Parishioners and friends of the Ballydehob Union of Parishes,

Just to say to each and every one of you, I’m no healthcare expert, but as a minister of God's Word, we have a place to go for any and all crises, including a health issue like this. That place is described in the Word of God, which reminds us where to place all our hope. For believers, this is a good day to remember that our hope is not in what we save or even in our physical health. Neither the markets nor our current health status provides the source of our identity. Psalm 20:7 reminds us: "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God" Or is might be stated that some put their trust in flesh and blood, but we place our Trust in the Lord our God, the creator of Heaven and earth. It is critical to hold to such beliefs when fear threatens to grab hold of our hearts: our God is not surprised by a viral outbreak. He is not disinterested in our fears. He is our rock, our light, and our salvation (Psalm 27:1). This is a good time to look toward the book of Psalms in the Bible instead of our news feed for support. We all do well to reflect upon Psalm 91. If you do not have access to a Bible, you may look to your favorite version online (https://www.biblegateway.com/).

Psalm 91: 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honour him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

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